Gay For Johnny Depp

What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You

Written by: PP on 05/03/2011 05:26:53

You know how Gay For Johnny Depp promoted their debut album "The Politics Of Cruelty" in 2007? By sending a highly explicit pornographic fan letter addressed to Johnny Depp to the media written by a 'Brad', alongside bottles of amyl nitrite, surgical rubber gloves, condoms, explicit homosexual photographs and more letters signed by 'Brad'. Yeah, this New York bunch is certainly an interesting outfit. Their style of music? Self-proclaimed 'spazzcore', a highly convoluted and intricate brand of chaotic high-speed hardcore that has drawn comparisons to The Blood Brothers, Heavy Heavy Low Low and Fear Before The March Of Flames among other names.

These are all valid comparison points to the experimental hardcore mess that constitutes as Gay For Johnny Depp songs on their sophomore album "What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You". They are intense, in-your-face, complex units that break out in all directions only to climax together in unpredictable moments, where chaotic breakdown morphs into a haunted distortion/feedback oriented atmospheric moment or a flat-out rock'n'roll riff moments later. It's all very strange, and very incoherent, but this is of course the point of the whole spectacle. The phrases "thinking outside of the box" or "pushing the envelope" apply big time here, as Gay For Johnny Depp takes the listener on a journey through insanity hardcore that makes bands like Hospital The Musical or Rolo Tomassi seem easy to understand. Just like their fellows in Heavy Heavy Low Low, these guys make a point out of confusing the hell out of the listener, ridiculing your ability to evaluate music based on sensible song structure and ordinary things like that, which are of course nowhere to be found on the record.

It's a very strange record this one, and whether you'll like it or not will heavily depend on your ability to appreciate music whose only point is to obliterate all rules and definitions in writing music. In many ways, it's like someone telling you the alphabet you've learned isn't really abcdef.... but something like qayrnesd... instead. Best of all? It doesn't really sound 'scene' at all! Weird, huh?


Download: "Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny And Artistic Integrity", "We Are The World? Burn It Down"
For the fans of: early Fear Before The March Of Flames, The Blood Brothers, Rolo Tomassi
Listen: Myspace

Release date 14.02.2011
Shine Boy Recordings

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